Hotels That Focus on Green Initiatives
Hotels across the world are finding new ways to become green. According to reports from The Kansas City Star, some hotels are actually setting a level of standards that others can only aspire to become. Here are a few examples:
•Vermont’s new Snow Mountain Lodge, scheduled to open for the coming ski season, has installed just about every “green” practice a hotel can offer. It uses eco-friendly cleaning products (as many hotels now do), fluorescent bulbs, recycled paper products (such as notepads), in-room recycling bins, low-flow shower heads and toilets and motion detectors in public spaces to determine the need for air conditioning or heating. The lodge also is constructing a transfer lift between base areas so buses don’t have to run skiers back and forth.
•Kimpton Hotels’ Earthcare program includes using environmentally safe cleaning products, soy ink and recycled paper in its offices and water-saving bathroom fixtures, among other things, in all 42 properties.
•Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Granby, Colo., uses geothermal radiant heat in all of its new buildings. Its fireplaces are EPA-approved, and only environmentally sensitive cleaning and spa products are used.
•Kona Village in Hawaii is over the top when it comes to recycled materials. The roofs of its restaurant, fitness center and bungalows are made from the dried fronds of coconut palms found on the property. Ceiling fans eliminate the need for air conditioning, and there are no radios, televisions or telephones in the rooms.
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